The Viral Roundup – Split Ends Edition
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The Cubs and Pirates clashed at PNC Park in a Tuesday doubleheader with some Divisional and Wild Card playoff race weight to it. Pittsburgh took the opening bout courtesy of a 5-4 home win that had the winning run come in the bottom of the 8th off a Starling Marte sac fly. Chicago got their revenge in the late game. Hurler Jon Lester earned the win for the Cubs via a five-hit complete game performance and he was helped out by RBIs from Anthony Rizzo and Dexter Fowler to score the 2-1 W. The two teams play again today in a singleheader.
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UFC 192 isn’t set to arrive until October, but it’s never too early to hit every button on the hype machine. MMA’s marquee brand has released a new extended preview trumpeting next month’s card which is headlined by Daniel Cormier defending the light heavyweight title against Alexander Gustafsson. Oddsmaker’s have the reigning champ as a -375 favourite. Elsewhere on the card is Johny Hendricks (a -280 favourite) facing off in the Octagon versus Tyron Woodley. Soak in all the hype by hitting play on the video below.
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- With Dez Bryant out of the lineup for an extended stretch, the Cowboys are on the lookout for someone to offer immediate help for their receiving corps. (After all, no one’s caught more TD passes since 2012 than Bryant.) ESPN reports that Hakeem Nicks, Nick Toon, Austin Pettis and Clyde Gates have all been brought in for workouts as Bryant recovers from foot surgery. Dallas is pegged as a four point road underdog for this Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
- Jason Pierre-Paul’s hand is in worse shape than previously reported. The Giants DE is reportedly missing a portion of his thumb in addition to the loss of his entire index finger courtesy of a fireworks mishap. ESPN says they’ve spoken with a source that believes this ailment will keep New York’s defensive star out of the lineup for 5-6 weeks with the prospect of Pierre-Paul’s franchise tender being rescinded. The Giants lost their season opener on Sunday night versus Dallas and are listed as a single point home favourite versus the visiting Atlanta Falcons.
- NHL veteran Simon Gagne is hanging up his skates after 15 years in the league. The left winger’s career featured stops in Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Los Angeles and Boston. In 822 regular season games, Gagne notched 291 goals and 310 assists. The 35-year-old earned Stanley Cup glory as a member of the Los Angeles Kings and he earned Gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics and 2004 World Cup as part of Team Canada. The most memorable moment in Gagne’s career may have been his Game 6 OT winner in the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals.
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